5 This is what the Lord says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord. 6 They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land. 7 “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. 8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit. Jeremiah 17:5-8
Two kinds of people are contrasted here: those who trust in human beings and those who trust in the Lord. The people of Judah were trusting in false gods and military alliances instead of God, and thus they were barren and unfruitful. In contrast, those who trust in the Lord flourish like trees planted by a steady source of water (see Psalm 1). In times of trouble, those who trust in human beings will be impoverished and spiritually weak, so they will have no strength to draw on. But those who trust in the Lord will have abundant strength, not only for their own needs, but even for the needs of others. Are you satisfied with being unfruitful, or do you, like a well-watered tree, have strength for times of crisis and even some to share as you bear fruit for the Lord? (Life Applications Study Bible)
Just as yesterday and like I have said many times before, life is about choice. Many of us don’t understand that little voice in the back of your head, that says no this is wrong. My question is why don’t we just listen to it? Let’s forget where it comes from.
Since the beginning of time, God was trying to put people on the right path. This scripture was written in 630 BC. Jeremiah was a prophet during this time. God appeared to the prophet’s at the time and guided them what to write. If the people of the time just listened and adhered to the instructions of the times, it would not have been necessary for Jesus to die for our sins.
We will remember that man is, soul body and spirit. The one cant operate without the other. Spirit, been the most important probably. Just as Mary was sitting in the presence of God and filling her spiritual tank, we are to do the same. Again this about choice, we won’t get that fill if we don’t decide to do it. Its all about doing, in other words, action.
In Ezekiel 47 the writer also refers to living water. The anomaly is that the river represents the Holy Spirit that feeds us. In Jeremiah, he refers to it as an example. Saying that if we make right choices, we would be filled and would be able to sustain that drought if faced with one. I am referring to spiritual drought.
Just a couple of words on choice. There are many events and things in the world that cloud our good judgement. And I can assure you it’s not the same for all. My suggestion would be to make a list of those that affect you and eliminate them one by one. Don’t try all at once you are surely setting yourself up for failure.
Let me explain alcohol is a real thing in society. We all know that it clouds our judgement. One can even lose your inhibitions. I am sure you agree. I was with friends last evening and debated this. Don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with having a drink. But like my friend said when and where do you draw the line. I must say I agree that if it clouds your judgement avoid it. There are many other examples as well.
Lord, I pray for right choices. In, Jesus name, Amen.